CORSTORPHINE, the most west-erly of Edinburgh’s seven hills, offers great views over the city, the Pentlands and the Firth of Forth.
Exact route finding can be a problem – the trick is to keep high and you will eventually reach the top and the magnificent stone tower built in 1871 to mark 100 years since the birth of Sir Walter Scott. Even if you do get a little lost, enjoy wandering in this city idyll, and you will eventually get back on track, or path.
DISTANCE 2½ miles.
HEIGHT CLIMBED 420ft.
TIME 1 to 2 hours.
MAP OS Landranger 66. PARK Although you can park in residential streets, going by bus is an easier option. Visit Traveline Scotland (www.travelinescotland.com) to find the best service for you.
IN SUMMARY The path begins at the A90 Queensferry Road, about 300 yards east of Clermiston Road North and 350 yards west of the Quality Street Junction with the B9085. Follow a green public footpath sign up into the trees. At a junction of paths go right to climb fairly steeply to an old quarry on the right. At a turning circle for vehicles go left, up a path. There are many paths on the hill – try to keep in the same direction, to the top of the broad, tree-covered ridge.
A path joins from the right and just after this go right to follow a path that then swings left. This emerges on the edge of a large grass area to the right. Keep straight on, over rock slabs. Further up, after more slabs, you are forced to descend slightly to the right. At a dip take a path up to the left. Corstorphine Hill (or Clermiston) Tower emerges ahead, through trees and up steps.
Keep straight on, past the tower, and bear slightly left on to a path that swings right and emerges at a clearing. Cross in the direction of a telecommunications mast, go over a junction and up steps.
The path at the top continues by a large metal fence to eventually reach a place known as Rest and Be Thankful with an information board and great views. Retrace your steps until you are past a golf course to the right, and go right on a steep path next to a fence.
Keep on the main path which looks over the golf course towards Fife and further on go right at a junction – still on a good path near the edge of the wood. Keep straight on. The path swings left, climbs slightly then goes right – ignore steps up to the left here.
At the next two junctions keep right to drop down to the turning circle passed near the start and retrace your steps to the A90 Queensferry Road.
REFRESHMENTS There is nothing at the start of the walk – take a snack or head into the centre of Edinburgh, or there are cafés and pubs in Corstorphine.
WHILE YOU ARE IN THE AREA Edinburgh Zoo (www.edinburghzoo.org.uk) is the obvious nearby attraction with its pandas and variety of other animals.